I hate waiting. That’s why I fidget and constantly watch the clock in waiting rooms. That’s why I choose the shortest queues at supermarkets. That’s why I ‘lose it’ when I visit Government offices. That’s why buffering inspires my fingers to do uncoordinated dances on the keyboard. That’s why I stare at my screen till that one reply lights it up, and that’s why I’d rather starve than wait for a meal at a restaurant (ok, maybe not). All my life, waiting has seemed to wear me out, but it is only yesternight that I discovered that waiting renews.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint ~Isaiah 40:31
After reading that verse, I thought to myself that my strength shall never be renewed due to my lack of patience. Poor me! But as I read further the devotion, I heaved a sigh of relief as it explained;
‘Waiting on the Lord is the way to get a renewed vitalized strength. Spending time with the Word of God and the Spirit of God in an atmosphere of prayer is waiting on the Lord; a purposeful fasting is another way to wait on the Lord. In waiting, we are asking God to take control; as we do that He anoints us with new energy, new thoughts, new direction, new vision, etc.’
In that regard, I thank God that He sees me, an impatient wreck, patient. Phew!
When it comes to God, I realized, waiting is not all about queues, clocks, drab waiting rooms, slow connections and replies, and I am thankful for that. Waiting on God is not a torturous wait for something to load or a response, that’s why He fills us with so much peace between the period of prayer and awaiting an answer. Waiting on God is not flipping through dull and outdated magazines, but busying oneself with the Word of God. That, I’d rather do. Waiting on God is not sitting non-existent adjacent a snobby receptionist, but getting entertained constantly by God’s daily doses of peace and joy, even in the smallest of things. And that’s why I’d rather a million times wait on God than on human systems.